'Die Hard,' 'Spy Hunter' producers snap up 'Sword of Dracula'

Mon, March 1st, 2004 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release

February 24, 2004. Chuck Gordon of Daybreak Productions and Adrian Askarieh of Prime Universe Productions have acquired the feature film rights to SWORD OF DRACULA, a military horror project based on the Image Comics series by creator Jason Henderson, and will act as executive producers in an effort to set up the project with a major studio. Gordon is the producer of the DIE HARD movie series, while Askarieh is producer of the upcoming The Rock actioner, SPY HUNTER. Henderson is represented by manager Noelle Wright.

Called "the most unique take on Dracula in over a century" by critics, SWORD OF DRACULA is a contemporary revamp of the Dracula legend. Dracula is portrayed as the world's foremost terrorist, a king on the run with a vampire army and an array of new powers. Unlike in any interpretation before, Dracula here controls blood itself, using the blood of thousands of victims to build weapons, vehicles and strongholds. Askarieh and Gordon say they intend the project to be a major action event film, far different from the romantic Draculas of Hollywood past.

The story of the first SWORD OF DRACULA series, the third issue of which comes out in early March, pits Dracula against the increasingly popular Veronica "Ronnie" Van Helsing, a commando leader in charge of a UN-connected and "armed to the teeth" covert operation called the Polidorium. Dracula and Ronnie clash repeatedly before the two enemies must ally against an even greater threat-the original fallen angels who bred the first vampires.

Since the comic first appeared in October of 2003, critics from the United States and as far away as Malaysia have hailed the series as "the best re-imagining of Dracula yet," "a must-read for action-horror fans," and "one of the best takes on Dracula since Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee... think 'Full Metal Jacket' meets Dracula!"

Creator Henderson says his intent was to defy reader's expectations of one of the most familiar characters in literary history. "You've seen Dracula-but you've never seen him like this," said Henderson. "Our Dracula is a king, a massive 300-year-old uber-vampire, and it'll take every Humvee, cannon and Blackhawk Ronnie has to bring him down." March's issue of the heavily anime-influenced series features the art of new "American manga" style artist William Belk, taking over for the ultra-realistic Greg Scott.

Henderson, a five-time published novelist and senior partner in One Stake Media, which produces custom comics for media and game clients, is a frequent comics and computer game writer. March 2003 will also see the first installment of a new comic series, SOULCATCHER from Moonstone comics with art by Lou Manna, Terry Pallot and Leslie Barkley, about a young widow with the power to absorb the abilities of the recently dead hunting ghosts in New Orleans. SYLVIA FAUST, another new series by Henderson and DRACULA partner Greg Scott and Leslie Barkley, about a young sorceress on the run in New York City, is slated for release in August. His mech series CLOCKWERX, written with animator Tony Salvaggio, is expected from Humanoids in late 2004. Henderson's website is at http://www.jasonhenderson.com . The Sword of Dracula website is at http://www.swordofdracula.com.

 
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